Friday, August 19, 2011

1910 -- The Moore Family: Hard at Work

The Moore household was a bustling place in 1910.  William O. and Evangeline M. Moore had relocated to the Elkhorn township in beautiful San Joaquin County, California, and would have considered themselves residents of Lodi, California.  The 61 and 56 year old couple were now renting a home that housed three generations. William made ends meet by working as a house carpenter, but business wasn’t always good.  He had been out of work for 3 months during the previous year, but at least he had a job.  Two of his neighbors – also house carpenters – were still out of work.  Those doing really well in the Moore’s neighborhood were involved in the local grape and cheese industries.

This mission-style arch was built in Lodi, CA in 1907, and this photograph was probably taken about 1909 or 1910.
The move away from Michigan meant leaving their oldest boy behind.  George (32) was currently a sailor on the Great Lakes and had a family of his own after marrying Elsie (26) three years before.  The young family was now blessed with 2 year old Richard and baby Ruth.

William F. was now the oldest single child at home.  At age 22, he was working out as a laborer – probably on a local farm.  His job was slightly more consistent than his father’s.  He only missed one month of work during 1909.  Nineteen year old Glenn O. was an ambitious young man and already a proprietor working of his own accord.  In other words, he was self employed.  The youngest, 16 year old Lawrence L, wasn’t working all the time yet, but he too was doing his part as a helper at a garage.

Also living in the family home were William and Evangeline’s daughter and son-in-law Anna and George W. Van Noate and their 9 and 6 year old boys Leon and Reid.  At age 31, George Van Noate worked as a plumber, and Anna, although a laborer of some kind, was currently unemployed – if you call caring for two young boys unemployment!  Her youngest son, Reid M., was the only true Californian of the household as his family’s migration had taken place before his birth.

William and Evangeline’s middle daughter wasn’t even in California.  Bess (27) had married Merritt E. Galbreath (28) two years before.  He was a farmer’s son from her home state of Michigan.  By 1910, they were living in Spokane, Washington, where he was a dentist.

At least the youngest girl, newlywed Ruth E. (25), was still in town.  Her husband Fred A. Dougherty, Jr. (22) was a third generation Californian who followed his father into the real estate business.  He worked as a notary public and clerk in the office.

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